Essex Red Raiders

Bulldogs fall short in WECSSAA “AA” boys soccer final

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys soccer team got to the WECSSAA “AA” final but fell just short of a league title.

The Essex Red Raiders claimed the Windsor-Essex County championship at the “AA” level with a 2-0 victory over the Bulldogs last Thursday evening. The game was played on a neutral field, specifically the turf field at Academie Ste. Cecile private school in south Windsor.

Essex used first half goals from Tyler Zsebok and Jackson Moore to win and take the title. General Amherst advanced to the finals after wins over top ranked schools such as Cardinal Carter and Riverside.

“We had a really hard working game,” said General Amherst head coach Gavin Blunt. “We couldn’t get the bounces we needed. (Essex) got lucky on a couple of bounces at the beginning on their (first) goal. We worked hard. We’re not used to going down two goals so early.”

General Amherst’s Cole Chittle tries to work around an Essex player last Thursday night.

Spencer Petrozzi, one of General Amherst’s assistant coaches, gave credit to the Red Raiders for their effort.

“We were chasing the game from the start,” said Petrozzi. “We never got settled. Essex played well. They deserved to win.”

The Bulldogs advanced to the WECSSAA “AA” final with victories over Cardinal Carter and Riverside. Blunt said those teams played in WECSSAA’s Tier 1 division this past regular season with the Bulldogs being a Tier 2 team.

General Amherst will lose a “good amount” of players either to graduation or players moving out of the area. Blunt said this year’s team was mainly returning players from last year but they will need other players to step up next season as they move into Tier 1 themselves.

“We’ll be playing against the best,” said Blunt.

Blunt added that this year “was a good experience for the boys” but acknowledged after last Thursday’s game that “we didn’t get what we came here for.”

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Lady Gens advance in girls soccer playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens soccer team entered the WECSSAA “AA” playoffs undefeated and won their first playoff game.

The final regular season game was May 8 at the Libro Centre and while they kept their undefeated season alive, they left somewhat disappointed with the outcome. The Lady Gens finished the regular season 6-0-2 with a 2-2 tie with Lamothe-Cadillac.

Madison Salvati and Vanessa Pidutti scored the goals for General Amherst.

Coach Mark Sweet said it was a harder than anticipated game for the Lady Gens.

“I think that’s a clear example of overconfidence,” he said.

Kennedy Gault boots the ball up the field during General Amherst’s game against Lamothe-Cadillac last Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Gens had to settle for a 2-2 tie in that game but their first playoff game was a 1-0 win over the Essex Red Raiders.

Sweet pointed out they still came out of the game undefeated but noted they were sluggish and slow to the ball at times against Lamothe-Cadillac.

“We were very reactive instead of proactive,” he said.

The Lady Gens made about three key mistakes, Sweet added, and two of them ended up in the net.

General Amherst’s Halle Higgins (right) brings the ball up the field during last Tuesday’s game at the Libro Centre against Lamothe-Cadillac. The Lady Gens settled for a 2-2 tie but rebounded with a 1-0 win over Essex two days later in their first playoff game.

“You win as a team and you lose as a team,” he added.

General Amherst opened the playoffs at home two days later against the visiting Essex Red Raiders. Amherst recorded a 1-0 win with Jenna Fiala scoring the game’s only goal. They advanced to play the Sandwich Sabres with that game being played in LaSalle this past Tuesday afternoon.

Bulldogs advance to WECSSAA “AA” boys hockey final

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team has advanced to the WECSSAA “AA” finals.

The Bulldogs won the third and deciding game of their best-of-three semi-final series with the Essex Red Raiders thanks to a 5-1 victory Monday afternoon at the Libro Centre. The teams played a scoreless first period but second period goals from Cole Zelle, Isaac Hammond and Josh DiCarlo put the Bulldogs in command heading for the third. Max Clifford’s two third period goals sandwiched Essex’s only goal and put the game away for the Bulldogs.

“That’s more like it,” said General Amherst head coach Pat Garrett. “It’s nice to move on and be in the finals.”

General Amherst forward Brock Beaudoin attempts a wraparound during the first game of the best-of-three series vs. Essex. Amherst lost Game 1 3-2 but won the series with wins in Game 2 (2-1 in OT) and Game 3 (5-1).

The Bulldogs are one step closer to OFSAA, and Garrett said he would like the Bulldogs to advance to the provincial tournament especially for the younger players who haven’t already been there.

Zelle said it felt good to advance.

“After we lost the first game, we came in focused in the next game and we knew we could beat them,” said Zelle. “Today, once we got the first (goal), all the guys were rolling.”

The Bulldogs are playing with confidence and Zelle added “we’re ready for whoever comes next.”

Bulldogs advance to WECSSAA “AA” boys hockey final.

A third game was necessary thanks to a three-minute stretch of the third period in Game 1 last Wednesday in Amherstburg. After Lee Sinasac and DiCarlo gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead after two periods in that game, Essex scored twice in the first 40 seconds of the third period of that game and another just moments later to take the lead and eventually win 3-2.

“Everyone got back on their heels,” Garrett said. “I still think we had a lot of opportunities in the third. I think we outshot them.”

General Amherst tied the series last Thursday in Essex thanks to a 2-1 overtime win. DiCarlo scored 1:29 into overtime to give the Bulldogs the win with Hammond scoring the other goal.

“It feels good. We talked about getting to the finals all year,” DiCarlo said after Game 2. “We were prepared for the game. It helped a lot.”

DiCarlo said they played well defensively, limited Essex’s scoring chances and tightened up their game.

The Bulldogs will play the winner of the Belle River-L’Essor series, with Game 1 scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Amherstburg.

Busy week concludes for Lady Gens slo-pitch team with a win

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was a busy week for the General Amherst Lady Gens slo-pitch team as they lost two games but won another.

The Lady Gens kicked off the week with a 30-18 loss at Villanova last Monday afternoon. The girls looked to rebound from that loss 24 hours later in Essex, and took a 3-0 over the Red Raiders after five innings. However, Essex scored one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to tie the score.

After General Amherst got out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh, the game went to extra innings and Essex took advantage of a pair of Lady Gens’ errors to win it 4-3 in the eighth inning.

“We definitely didn’t get the offense going,” said Jackie Wismer, after Wednesday’s game. “Our defense was spot on for sure. We couldn’t get the offense going to compete with them.”

Wismer believed the Essex game was a game they could have won, but weren’t able to.

“They are definitely a team we can beat. I guess today wasn’t our day,” she said.

Carly Renaud tags the base in front of an Essex runner during  WECSSAA girls slo-pitch action May 16.

Carly Renaud tags the base in front of an Essex runner during
WECSSAA girls slo-pitch action May 16.

The game against Villanova was the opposite way, she stated, as the offense was “amazing” but the defense not as good.

The loss against Essex was the Lady Gens’ fourth in a row, causing Wismer to conclude “we’ve got to fight a little harder.”

That fight appeared to be there last Thursday, as the Lady Gens defeated the visiting Sandwich Sabres 28-15 at Wigle Park.

The Lady Gens allowed two runs in the top half of the first inning but Reese Jones got the offense going with a three-run home run in the bottom half of the inning. Amherst scored nine in that inning and added two more in the second inning.

The Lady Gens pulled away from Sandwich in the third inning as they tacked on 13 more runs. The highlight of that inning was a Brooklyn Prescott grand slam.

General Amherst scored four more in the fourth before the game was called after the top of the fifth due to the mercy rule.

“We got it together today,” said Jones, after the Sandwich game.

Jones said their attitude was the major difference as they came out ready to play.

“We wanted to come out and win and play like the team we can,” she said.

The infield and outfield both played well, Jones added.

As for her home run, she said she wanted to hit the ball hard.

“I just wanted to go up and hit the ball as hard as I can and do the best I can for the team when I’m up,” said Jones.

The Lady Gens had a play-in game Tuesday after this issue of the River Town Times went to press